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Cook County Jail Visitor Trapped For 31 Hours In Maximum Security Area

The Huffington Post  | By Ed Mazza

A man visiting his son at a Chicago jail was trapped in a maximum security area for about 31 hours when a door closed behind him and locked, according to reports.

The man, who has not been identified, was told to walk down a hall and turn right when he visited the Cook County Jail on Saturday evening. He followed the directions, which led to a door that had been propped open, but it was the wrong room. This room was for visiting maximum security prisoners, and it was under renovation.

"He went into that room through two steel doors, both of which shut behind him and he was locked in," Cara Smith, executive director of the jail, told WLS in Chicago.

Since the room contained stools and partitions for visiting prisoners, the man began to wait for his son, who is facing drug charges. 

"After about two hours he realized he was in the wrong room," Smith said.

That's when his ordeal really began.

The man banged on the doors, but no one could hear him.

“There’s about two feet of cement and two steel doors between him and the outside,” Smith told the Chicago Sun-Times.

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